IN A bid to clear the air on reports making the rounds on the status of lands comprising Government Reserved Area (GRA) of Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area, the state government confirmed Rotech Energy Services Ltd as the sole developer handling constructions in the estate.
The controversy came up when agents of Next Agro Transformation Ltd and Hillside Estates Ltd went to town with false and misleading information that hold them out as owner of all the lands in the area.
According to the two firms, their claim as its rightful owners of the area is hinged on what they called “their contract with government to develop the area into modern residential blocks.”
It was gathered that agents of the two firms have been selling plots of land in the area to unsuspecting members of the public without authorization from appropriate quarters as required under Land Use Act, 1978 which vests every land in the state on the governor.
But in a swift reaction to put the records straight, government yesterday allayed fears by reiterating Rotech Energy Services Ltd as the only company to whom Nkwelle Ezunaka GRA has been given to develop into a modern estate.
A press release issued in Awka said that government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rotech at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia on July 5, 2019, explaining that government is impressed with pace of work done by the firm at the site.
Under the bipartite deal, Rotech is to build over 500 houses in the estate, adding that the firm has already carried out surveying, plotting and comprehensive planning of the site apart from having also cleared it.
Calling on members of the public not to buy any piece of land from these two firms, the release also warned agents of Next Agro Transformation Ltd and Hillside Estate Ltd to desist from further claims of ownership over the lands on which Nkwelle Ezunaka GRA is being built or get ready to face the music.